The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys swim team kept its undefeated record intact with an 83-76 victory over North Babylon at the East Hampton YMCA RECenter on Friday night.
The Bonackers took first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay to start the meet and they never let up, winning 10 of the 11 events. Aidan Forst (200 free/1:57.82), Ethan McCormac (200 IM/2:01.16), Ryan Duryea (50 free/23.37 seconds), Daniel Piver (500 free/5:56.65), Ryan Bahel (200 free/1:03.18) and Joey Badilla (100 breast/1:09.47) all won their individual events, while East Hampton’s 200 free relay (1:32.79) and 400 free relay (3:50.68) teams also won. The Bonackers are 3-0 in League II, 5-0 overall.
“The coaches are very happy for the boys, as they continue to swim very well and are showing nice improvements in the skills and techniques they have been practicing,” East Hampton head coach Craig Brierley said.
Pierson sophomore Joey Badilla was named Swimmer of the Meet by East Hampton’s captains for qualifying for the Section XI Championships in both the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. According to Brierley, Badilla confidently predicted that he would “make counties in the breaststroke today.” He looked up at the scoreboard just after he touched the wall and Brierley said he had a look of both joy and surprise as he dropped 2.5 seconds from his previous best time. Badilla had already qualified for counties in both the 100 backstroke and 200 IM earlier this season.
Badilla is one of many Bonackers who have already qualified for the Section XI, or Suffolk County, Championships. Ethan McCormac has actually hit the qualifying standard in four different events for the New York State Championships. That includes the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 100 butterfly.
“He is very motivated to be his best,” Brierley said of McCormac, who has reached states the past two seasons. “He continues to work very hard because he has learned that that is what it takes to be as good as he can be. Our team challenge is for each person to get a little bit better each day, coaches included, and Ethan is doing just that and is leading by example.”
Other swimmers who have qualified for counties include: Nicky Badilla (100 butterfly), Ryan Bahel (100 back), Thor Botero (50 free), Jack Duryea (100 free, 100 breast), Ryan Duryea (50 free, 100 free, 100 breast, 200 IM), Aidan Forst (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 500 free), Colin Harrison (50 free, 100 fly), Edward Hoff (50 free, 100 free, 200 free), Owen McCormac (50 free) and Tenzin Tamang (100 fly). East Hampton’s 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relay teams have also qualified.
East Hampton competed against Northport/Commack on Tuesday and is scheduled to host Hauppauge this Thursday at the East Hampton Y at 5 p.m. East Hampton, Hauppauge and Sayville/Bayport-Blue Point all started the week 3-0 in league meets, but Hauppauge hosted Sayville on Tuesday, so Thursday night’s match in East Hampton could go a long way in determining the league champion.